M.Sc. Forensic Science

(Nodal Department : Department of Biochemistry)


1. About Forensic Science

Modern crime detection has become a scientific endeavor. The role of a forensic scientist in the criminal justice system to perform a function that helps to convert an investigation into a final adjudication, is becoming increasingly important. Hence, Osmania University and AP Forensic Science  Laboratory (APFSL), Hyderabad signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to start a four(4) semester M.Sc course in Forensic Science from the academic year 2000-2001.  This course is offered in the Department of Biochemistry, which serves as the nodal department. The objective is to train science graduates in scientific  crime investigation methods.


2.  Academic Programs

Courses Offered

Approved intake

M.Sc. Forensic Science 2 years

(24)  (4 semester) Under self-financing mode

Ph.D. Forensic Science will  be initiated shortly


3.  Faculty Details

  • Dr. K.P.C. Gandhi, Director, AP Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad, is the  patron and visiting faculty.

  • Dr. T.R. Baggi, Former Director, Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad is the faculty-in-charge & academic coordinator.

  • Dr. B. Sashidhar Rao, Department of  Biochemistry, Osmania University, is the Co-ordinator 

The course  being inter-disciplinary, lectures by full-time academic consultants and also by guest faculty from the concerned departments of Osmania University, AP Forensic Science Laboratory (APFSL), Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB),  Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratories (DMRL), National  Police Academy (NPA), Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Osmania Medical College (OMC)  are arranged.

4. Facilities

The laboratory, library, computer and instrumental facilities  available in  the  science departments of Osmania University and the collaborating institutes like APFSL, CFSL, CCMB, IPA, IICT, NGRI etc are accessible to the  students.

5.  Employment Opportunities

  • There  are several universities that offer a Ph.D. programme in  the subject. Students are also eligible for applying the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR & D) Govt. of India Ph.D. Fellowships.

  • The Central Forensic Science Laboratories at Hyderabad, Kolcatta , Chandigarh and Delhi recruit employees through the staff selection commission UPSC. The NICFS, Delhi and  GEsQD at Hyderabad Kolcatta and Shimla also appoint personnel through SSC/UPSC.

One can also be employed in the vigilance department or take up teaching in colleges offering criminology courses. To freelance, one can work in the areas of insurance claims, document registrations, forgery detections  and other white-collar crimes including cyber crime.